Thursday, August 27, 2009

The Wonders of Technology

When I was a kid learning math, we used popsicle sticks to aid in addition and subtraction. Later, pocket calculators were the ultimate in mathematical accoutrement. But nowadays, I use my cell phone to price out my jewelry.

I usually put a price on my jewelry as I'm preparing my posting for Etsy. And I'm usually doing that when The Husband is at work. When The Husband is at work, I have my cell nearby in case he texts me. Not only is it convenient to use the calculator on my phone, it's sort of fun. I guess I think that because the calculator function on my old cell required DNA from Albert Einstein in order to understand how it worked. The one I have now is a breeze to use. You'll see me at bead stores, tapping on my cell phone keyboard, figuring out discounts or pricing out a package of clasps. And I sit at my computer or at my work table, dissecting jewelry, piece by piece, to remember what components I used and looking up their individual cost.

We live in amazing times! I've been reading a lot lately about the Gilded Age, the late 1800's to the early 1900's, and they thought the railroad and electric lights were cutting edge. And they were, at the time. But I don't think Edison or Vanderbilt could have predicted the technologies we have at our fingertips today. I don't want to sound like an ancient specimen, but when I was a kid, if you didn't catch a movie in a theatre, you had to wait and hope it would play on TV to see it and if you left your new record album in a hot car, you'd come back to melted music. CD's, DVD's, home computers, microwave ovens~I've seen them develop and appreciate them and so many other things we didn't have when this ole girl was a kid!

Oh, don’t forget Bear Chick’s Blog Contest. Go to my Etsy shop (, tell me in a comment to this blog which piece in my shop is your favorite and have a chance to win the Orange Blossom Anklet.

1 comment:

Kim VanDerHoek said...

Ha, you are not along in appreciating the calculator functions in your phone! Mine has a tip calculator that I use any time I eat out (which has been a lot less because of the economy). I never thought I would use my phone as much as I do. You are so right it is an absolute wonder to have so much right at our fingertips!